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Boulevard Chocolate Ale

Boulevard Chocolate Ale

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A seasonal brew in their Smokestack Series it is rather limited brew, but one you should try at least once.  The interplay between chocolate and malt is so well balanced that it creates a very unique flavor that I’ve never come across before.  A lot of the times it is the darker beers that are […] ... [Read more]

North Coast Grand Cru

North Coast Grand Cru

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A Grand Cru to end all.  This beer is huge across the board.  The ABV is pushing 13%, Agave Nectar is incorporated into the brew, and it is aged in Bourbon barrels to maturation.  Or should I say perfection?  I sincerely thought I was in for a dark maroon colored ale that tasted more like […] ... [Read more]

Stone Lukcy Basartd Ale

Stone Lukcy Basartd Ale

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They, Stone, calls this the Cuvee de Bastards and rightly so.  It combines and blends the 3 notable  variations: Arrogant Bastard, Oaked Aged Bastard, and Double Bastard in this one-off brew that was released in November of 2010.  Its release celebrated 13 years since the original was brewed in 1997.  Having had the aforementioned beers I was not […] ... [Read more]

Bells Batch 10,000

Bell’s Batch 10,000

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If I was to name this beer I’d call it “Deceptive”. I was surprised by this beer. Tricked! Deceived! I’ve never had a “hoppy porter” or a porterish IPA. I picked up two bottles of Batch 10,000 thinking one for “now” and one for later. This is the “now” one. Batch 10,000 poured the color […] ... [Read more]

Sierra Nevada 30th Anniversary Grand Cru

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A blend of three beers and aggressively dry hopped. 22% barrel aged : 78% ale Oak aged Bigfoot Barleywine Celebration Ale Pale Ale (fresh) The last of the 30th Anniversary ales had to be huge and the team at Sierra Nevada chose to showcase three well-loved brews the produce into one historic concoction. These beers […] ... [Read more]

Stone El Camino (Un)Real Black Ale

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Michael:  I love surprises. At least when it comes to beer. The label on this collaborative beer between Stone, Firestone Walker and 21st Amendment read: “Ale brewed with fennel seed, chia seed & pink peppercorns – with mission figs added.” Yikes. It had been sitting in my fridge for some time, for whatever reason not […] ... [Read more]

Mendocino Eye of the Hawk Select Ale

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Eye of the Hawk Select Ale is a fascinating beer. Said to be the “The Harley-Davidson of American beers” tells you a lot about the character of this beer. Coppery, red and amber in color this beer has a luxurious caramel malt flavor. You will note it from the smell and taste immediately. Rich caramel […] ... [Read more]

Great Lakes Nosferatu

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A+. I wanted you to know right up front what I thought of this beer. If I could give it ++ I would. But I digress. I sampled this brew at a beer festival. I jotted myself a note “got to get this”. That was months ago so when I picked up a four pack […] ... [Read more]

Founders Nemesis 2010

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A thunderstorm rolled in just as I prepared to open my bottle of Nemesis purchased two hours earlier. So, before setting up for the picture I ran upstairs and got my head light in case the power went out or I needed to run outside to reposition a downspout. After collecting myself and admiring the […] ... [Read more]

Lagunitas Wilco Tango Foxtrot

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Some tasting notes about Lagunitas’ Wilco Tango Foxtrot, “a malty, robust, jobless recovery ale.” I shared a 22 oz bomber with a buddy – here are my notes on this one: Combo of red, dark orange, brown hues Smells deliciously of hops- a bit oily– slightly fruity- very fresh smelling Taste is big and malty […] ... [Read more]